Inside: How to not only survive, but LOVE visiting Disney while pregnant!
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How to Do Disney While Pregnant (and LOVE it!)
This year I finally made it out to Disneyland. Believe it or not, this was my first visit to ANY of the Disney parks!
My friend and blog partner Jennifer and I hit Disneyland for two days before a work conference (Mom Blog Tour with Wendy’s Bloggers) and we crammed as much as we could into those all-too-short days.
Oh, and did I mention I was six months pregnant at the time?
Related: Be sure to read the follow-up post, How to Visit Disneyland with a Baby too!
6 Ways to Make Disney Fun When You’re Pregnant
In my pre-trip research, I read a lot of warnings about how much walking you do at Disney (true) and that you might want to avoid a Disney trip during your pregnancy (boo!)
However, I was not to be deterred — I’d been waiting my whole life to visit Disney after all!
Instead, I made a plan and packed smart. And you know what? I had an amazing time and I’d do it all over again!
If you’re thinking about visiting Disney while pregnant, here are 5 things I did to not only “survive” the trip, but have a blast!
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1. Forget dressing fancy – dress like you’re going to the gym!
There might be people everywhere, but I promise they’re not paying any attention to what you’re wearing.
Above all else, dress for comfort.
I’m not even talking about jeans and a t-shirt — I’d actually recommend dressing for each day as if you’re going to the gym for a workout. My suggestions: leggings or yoga pants, lightweight t-shirt, athletic shoes, and a hoodie if the weather is chilly. Think clothes that won’t chafe AND that are breathable (if the weather is warm).
I also don’t recommend buying brand new clothes or shoes for your Disney trip. It’s definitely better to wear things that are already broken in so that you know they are comfortable.
2. Invest in SelectFlex insoles
Athletic or walking shoes are a must when you’re on your feet all day (and you will be at Disney!) However, extra support and cushioning will make all that walking even easier.
The bottoms of your feet have their own natural cushioning in the form of fat pads made from collagen and elastin. However, in your 30s and 40s, those fat pads start to thin out, so your feet have less impact protection. That’s why your feet start to hurt by the end of the day as you age.
This impact-related foot pain is exacerbated when you’re pregnant and carrying more weight than usual.
There’s no getting around the fact that a day at Disney means a LOT of walking. That’s why I made sure to pack my SelectFlex orthotic insoles.
SelectFlex are the world’s only instantly adjustable orthotic. Each pair comes with a key which allows you to adjust to the level, or “Comfort Zone,” of arch support that best fits your foot.
SelectFlex orthotic insoles also offer Heel Cup Impact Absorption, which means that they’re engineered to reduced landing impact on your feet by up to 7 times your body weight.
During our Disneyland trip, we walked all day long — probably about 10 hours a day. Because of my SelectFlex insoles, I was able to get up the next day and do it all over again!
What’s so special about SelectFlex orthotic insoles?
Insoles that you find at your local superstore are mass-produced, so while they’re cheap to buy, you’re not necessarily getting the right type of fit or support. They could even make problems worse if you choose an insole with the wrong fit.
For best results, you really need orthotic insoles that are customized to fit your own foot and specific needs. However, prescription orthotics from a podiatrist can run into the hundreds of dollars!
SelectFlex combines the best of both worlds — you get a customized fit at an affordable price. Even better, since SelectFlex insoles are instantly adjustable, you don’t have the waiting time like you do with a prescription set.
SelectFlex orthotic insoles are super easy to customize. Here’s how they work:
- Remove factory insoles (if necessary) from your shoes.
- Trim SelectFlex to fit your shoes, using guides on the bottom.
- Insert Adjuster Key into the Adjuster Port on insole heel and turn the key to the corresponding number of your preferred level of support:
- Comfort Zone 1 – Medium Support
- Comfort Zone 2 – Firm Support
- Comfort Zone 3 – Extra Firm Support
If you’re new to orthotics, it’s recommended to start on Comfort Zone 1 and work your way up (if needed). With SelectFlex, you can change your level of arch support anytime, anywhere to suit your needs.
- Place insoles in shoes and enjoy the extra spring in your step!
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3. Have a plan
Making a plan ahead of time will make your trip more efficient, so you’re not wasting steps and walking more than necessary.
Scope out the rides and attractions that are must-sees for you and your crew. Decide ahead of time where you’ll eat and plan your food breaks to be close to the attractions you’re visiting.
4. Don’t sit on the sidelines – you can still ride many of the rides
I was pleasantly surprised when my friend Jennifer assured me that I would be able to ride plenty of the attractions. Many of them are designed for small children, so as long as I could fit inside, I was good to go!
I don’t recommend going on anything fast or anything that spins (especially if you’re still in the morning sickness phase). I also don’t recommend trying to squeeze into a ride that feels tight on your stomach.
You may want to check with your doctor or midwife beforehand, but as long as you are in good health and feeling well there should be plenty for you to do!
Some of the Disneyland attractions I rode at 6 months pregnant:
- Haunted Mansion
- Alice in Wonderland
- Soarin’ Around the World (our fav – we rode this one a LOT)
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
We would have done more if time allowed, but alas, it was only a 2-day visit.
5. Eat all the food
I’ve been to theme parks where the food was less than stellar. However, this is not the case as Disney. In fact, Disney parks are known for their creative and delicious foods – from themed snacks to full sit-down meals.
Jennifer had a list of things already planned out for us to try on our trip, so essentially every day was a food tour!
We would each order a different item and then split them so we could try more things. So much fun and we definitely did not leave hungry!
6. Take a break when you need it
The other benefit to our daily food tours is that it meant Jennifer and I had to sit down every hour or two. This was perfect for me, because it gave me a chance to rest my legs and feet.
Regular resting, combined with my SelectFlex orthotic insoles for the the time we spent walking allowed me to keep up all day at Disney. Then when I got back to the hotel, I propped up my feet to relax and recharge for the next day!
Related: Click here to see my picks for the best pregnancy pillow – I even traveled with some of mine!
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